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School of Performing Arts

  • The MSUM School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share a passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience. The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs. This helps our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and develops their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.

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  • School of Performing Arts News
    • Faculty Recital
      Tuesday, Sept. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage The School of Performing Arts presents a Faculty Recital Tuesday, Sept. […]
    • Join choir
      Looking for a one-credit class? Please join choir! MSUM’s University Choir is open to all MSUM students without audition. If […]
    • Come sing with us!
      Monday, Aug. 26 | Noon – 3 p.m. | CA 107 The MSUM Concert Choir will be holding auditions on Monday, […]
    • Annie Wood to speak at TEDxFargo
      'Poco Fuego' steel drum band to perform
    • Varying Degrees Percussion Trio performance
      Tuesday, July 9 | 7-8 p.m. | Heritage Garden Ampitheater Enjoy a free evening of family-friendly and fun percussion music […]
    • Choir Concert
      Monday, May 6 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium Dr. Erynn Millard will be conducting the Choir Concert “Spirit and Soul,” featuring the University Choir as […]
    • Wind Ensemble Concert
      Friday, May 3 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Hansen Theatre Plan to attend the final Wind Ensemble concert of spring semester featuring student Brian Wagner on bassoon. […]
    • Choir, String Ensemble Concert
      Sunday, May 5 | 4 p.m. | Trinity Lutheran Church (210 7th St S, Moorhead) The choir and string ensemble of Minnesota State University Moorhead will perform works by Pachebel, Purcell, Handel, […]
    • An Evening of Dance
      Tuesday, April 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre The University Theatre Series presents “An Evening of Dance” on the Hansen Theatre stage today (April 30) at […]
    • Jazz trumpeter Chuck Findley to perform with MSUM Jazz Ensemble
      Tuesday, April 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium Jazz trumpeter Chuck Findley performs with the MSUM Jazz Ensemble April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in […]
    • Out of Africa: Music Inspired by the Motherland
      MSUM Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert Tuesday, April 16 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre The MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present a special capstone event for the […]
    • University Theatre presents Reefer Madness
      April 10-13 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre MSUM’s University Theatre Series opens a musical spoof about marijuana on Wednesday, […]
    • MSUM Wind Ensemble Concert
      The School of Performing Arts presents the MSUM Wind Ensemble Concert on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. on the […]
    • March 14 choir concert cancelled
      The Choir Concert originally scheduled for Thursday, March 14 in Glasrud Auditorium has been cancelled due to the impending inclement […]
    • MSUM hosts Honors High School Percussion Ensemble this weekend
      Saturday, March 2 | 4-4:30 p.m. | Art Annex Students from across North Dakota and Minnesota have auditioned to participate in this weekend’s Honors High School […]
    • University Theatre presents ‘The Wolves’
      Play portrays young female athletes as adolescent “warriors” A play about a high school girls’ soccer team takes MSUM’s Gaede […]
    • Percussion Ice Jam on the Quad
      Friday, Feb. 22 | 1-1:15 p.m. | Behind Center for the Arts The MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present a truly unique event: an improvisatory jam on ice instruments! Come join […]
    • Faculty Recital: Music for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Voice
      Sunday, Feb. 24 | 2-4 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall The MSUM School of Performing Arts is proud to present a performance of George Crumb’s incredibly innovative composition […]
    • Percussion and Music Industry alumnus to speak to students
      Friday, Feb. 8 | Noon-1 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Shota Miyazaki, a 2017 graduate of the MSUM School of Performing Arts, will present an informative presentation: […]
    • Hair in Concert
      Saturday, Feb. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre
  • Benefits of an MSUM School of Performing Arts Degree
    The School of Performing Arts faculty features impressive artistic and scholarly credentials, with an emphasis on active professional performance, ongoing research and a strong commitment to teaching. Faculty members participate with community and nationwide groups including: The Stage, Theatre B, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Fargo-Moorhead Opera company. They perform solo recitals, concerts and play in many local jazz and commercial bands.
    The School of Performing Arts facilities include more than 25 practice rooms, Fox Recital Hall, Glasrud Auditorium, Hansen Theatre, Gaede Stage and three recording studios. As a student in the School of Performing Arts, you’ll have 24-hour access to the building in order to practice when it fits your schedule.
    MSUM has a rich history as a prestigious teaching college, and continues to highly value educating teachers, who help us fulfill our purpose of transforming the world by transforming lives.
    Joining one of MSUM’s 11 vocal and instrumental ensembles will broadly expand your performance repertoire and help you grow your skills as a performer. Music students have opportunities to perform in ensemble concerts, in chamber groups, and in solo recitals, including monthly department recitals.
    The MSUM University Theatre Series includes several mainstage productions, two annual dance concerts and many student-directed and/or created pieces each year. The mainstage productions involve students from across campus who participate as performers and technicians.
    Countless opportunities to collaborate across the School of Performing Arts, as well as within the School of Teaching and Learning, allow for enhanced learning and communication, giving you a well-rounded, versatile education.
    Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

    MSUM’s School of Performing Arts offers a unique and wide selection of learning opportunities to give you a well-rounded educational experience. You will gain professional-level experiences participating in ensembles, theatre productions, organizations and conferences.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    The School of Performing Arts graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries.
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